Modern Foreign Languages Overview

The languages currently taught at Trentham Academy are French and German. The language(s) offered to students depends on the set in which they are placed on entry to the Academy, based on their prior attainment at Key Stage 2. The top two sets, those students who already have an aptitude for the English language, are given the opportunity to study both French and German ensuring that the most able are stretched in order to reach their full potential. The remaining sets study French alone, allowing them to concentrate on learning the vocabulary and grammatical structures of one foreign language.

The Academy aim in delivering both French and German is to ensure that students are given the element of choice when choosing a language to study to GCSE level which, whilst not compulsory, is highly recommended.

From Year 7 onwards the MFL curriculum is mapped to follow the AQA specification and students are continually exposed to GCSE materials and exam content in order to fully prepare them to achieve the necessary outcomes within lessons and formal assessments. Lessons are planned to cater for the 4 skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The MFL department is committed to supporting the whole school literacy focus, ensuring that students are taught to use and understand grammatical terminology and are encouraged to proof read work in order to check and correct errors independently.

Students are given opportunities to take part in foreign language visits in order to given them a real life insight into the language they are studying. Visits from local colleges and former students are also arranged to show students how language learning can be taken beyond GCSE and into the world of travel and work.

Learning a language builds up students’ resilience and self-confidence. Students are encouraged to develop an interest in and enjoyment of Languages, exploring skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students learn to express themselves creatively and to communicate with others confidently.

Students learn individually, in pairs and in groups. Students are challenged to achieve the highest academic standards they can. They are supported by regular next-steps advice, which students are required to respond to. In addition, we aim to encourage students to be independent in their learning.

The MFL department aims to:

  • Enable students to read, write, speak, listen and translate in French and German.
  • Develop students’ abilities to express themselves effectively through writing, listening, speaking and reading.
  • Encourage students to speak confidently in a range of contexts and listen attentively in order to respond appropriately.


Where can Modern Foreign Languages take me?

MFL poster

Languages Department

Mrs F Hissey – Subject Leader

Mrs L Griggs – Progress Leader of Pioneer House

Y9 & 10 French

Y11 French